Botha council requests viability review for village

A meeting has been set for Nov. 26 between the Village of Botha council and a delegation from Alberta Municipal Affairs to begin the process of a Viability Review for the village, according to Botha CAO Eric Jerrard.

Stettler County council responded to a request from Municipal Affairs at the Nov. 4 council meeting to designate county representatives to the review team.

According to Jerrard, the review team will have representatives from the village, the county, Municipal Affairs, Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, Alberta

Rural Municipal Administrators’ Association and the Local Government Administration Association.

The viability review was initiated following a request from Botha council to Municipal Affairs.

Watch for road signs
Anyone travelling the Oberlin area of Stettler County, west of Hwy 835 and south of Hwys 11 and 12 should expect to see some signage changes, for the most part along Township Roads 38-2 and 38-0.

Prompted by a ratepayer request to consider changing signage at Twp. Rd. 38-2 and Range Road 21-2, council opted to look at signage in the entire area.

A number of stop signs are changing to yield signs. In addition, several yield signs and a few stop signs are being added. The work should be completed this year.

County contributes to ‘light up’
Over 30 businesses, community organizations and individuals have booked a display spot for Stettler Museum’s ‘Light the Night’ Christmas event, far exceeding last year’s 14 displays. The county will add one more with its $500 contribution to the annual event.

According to Karen Wahlund, museum manager, 450 vehicles passed through the museum grounds last December during slated event hours. As well, the museum opened additional nights for the handibus bringing seniors though the grounds.

The museum has no limit or cap as to how many displays the event can accommodate.

Preparing youth for the world
Grades six through eleven students from Erskine, Big Valley and Byemoor schools will have a chance to gain new skills through a Junior Achievement program the county has agreed to sponsor. The $4000 cost for the program covers classes for 160 students.

Things like budgeting and money management, starting and growing a business, mapping out educational and career goals and investing to achieve financial goals are some of the topics students will cover.

Junior Achievement Canada (JA) is a youth business education organization. JA volunteers collaborate with classroom teachers to provide training to over 230,000 students every year.

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